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    There’s not been much activity on this section of the board and selfishly, because I like reading AAR’s I hoped I might encourage a few more in WWll.

    The Raid

    Japanese Intelligence had obtained information that the British were using a small bay in the South China Seas to re-supply their submarines and had decided to make a speculative raid on the place.

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    HMS Thunderer is resting at anchor as she is provisioned for another voyage of attrition.

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    A flight of Dive Bombers escorted by a single Zero fighter arrives to make the attack.

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    Little did they know that the Fleet Air Arm was providing Fighter cover for the Submarines.

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    The Zero is at a much higher altitude than both the defending planes and also his own attacking dive bombers. He is completely outnumbered but still flies to attack the British fighters, American produced Martlet’s, or Wildcats to give them their home country designation.

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    One Martlet climbs to neutralise the Zero and the other 2 continue to fly level to intercept the 3 Dive Bombers.

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    The zero dives and fires at the intercepting Martlet but the return fire is deadly and the Japanese plane explodes in a ball of flame.

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    Before crashing in the sea. Spray flies high in the air as the Zero disappears beneath the waves.

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    As the Dive Bombers approach their target they are attacked by the Martlet’s.

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    The lead Dive Bomber makes a turn to the right in order to commence his attack. He is closely followed by the other 2 planes of the flight.

    You can see that he’s left the turn until it’s too late and without a minor miracle he’s going to miss the target. The following planes scramble to make the necessary adjustments, turning in a little quicker.

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    The rear gunners on the Japanese planes are in an ideal position and everyone opens fire on everyone else.

    Martlet Green 1, bottom left is shot up pretty badly and after his run in with the Zero, the pilot decides to turn for home

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    The lead dive bomber has turned in tightly but cannot achieve a good bomb attack solution and so flies on. The other two turn but are still a little high too to make their attack. Meanwhile one of the Martlet’s has Immelmanned and is close behind the bombers.

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    The sub is diving, you can see the outline is getting fainter. I found the pictures in the file section, 4 separate pictures, gradually getting fainter until it disappears. I don’t know who put them there but if you see this, Thanks.

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    This Martlet is badly damaged and making his way home. Looks like his engine has stopped, the props not turning.

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    The sub has almost gone as the next Val drops his bomb and misses, the last Val still has to continue his dive before he can let go his load and then it’s going to land in the sea. The very first plane is returning to have another go but by the time he arrives the sub is submerged and he lets go his bomb just on the off chance and they return home.

    The Martlet’s break off the engagement and also head home. Mainly because I needed my table top to create a large dining table to feed the 5,000.

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    Final view just to show how poor my dive bombing skills are.

    Short and sweet but I really wanted to get the planes on the table because even though they are old Wings of War models I’ve only recently acquired them so I enjoyed that. I’ve not much experience with WWll flying and it’s only the 2nd time I’ve tried dive bombing so I probably made plenty of errors but I don’t mind.
    Cheers

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    Hello, John. I have great interest in WW2 aircraft, particularly the Grumman Wildcat. Loved reading your exciting AAR. Looking forward to more WGS action from you. B^D
    Last edited by Larry R.; 01-11-2023 at 16:16.

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    John, loved the photos! Those clouds looked amazing! Thanks for sharing your AAR!

    ~Chuck
    “Flying is hours and hours of boredom sprinkled with a few seconds of sheer terror!” Gregory “Pappy” Boyington, USMC”

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    Great action, John.
    Nice to see the Martlets - I must get my PTO to the table this year, although I should really get back to the BoB campaign that has been stalled since before COVID.

    (I just checked - I have 3 Martlets as well )

    I thought retirement was supposed to give one more time ...

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    Fast and furious action. Thanks for posting.

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    A great little action John. and I did not know about the sub diving cards, so will look them out and add them to my collection.

    Rob.
    "Courage is the art of being the only one who knows you're scared to death."

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    Great AAR and great photos.

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    Thanks for the kind comments, pleased you enjoyed it. With there not being many photos I had some fun removing the bases to enhance the pictures. Easier on the sea mat than a land one.

    Pete you won't have more time in retirement, that's pure fiction.

    Cheers

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stumptonian View Post
    ..I thought retirement was supposed to give one more time ...
    That's some BS rumour spread about by women folk to convince us it's a good idea just to free up more time for us to do the 'Honey do' jobs

    Great little action, John, your new acquisitions & the submerging sub look great to.

    "He is wise who watches"

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    Nice action and photos

    Quote Originally Posted by Vagabond View Post
    With there not being many photos I had some fun removing the bases to enhance the pictures.
    I was about to ask you where did you buy those anti-gravity devices to keep the models in the air

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    Pretty awesome! Thanks for sharing this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flash View Post
    That's some BS rumour spread about by women folk to convince us it's a good idea just to free up more time for us to do the 'Honey do' jobs

    Great little action, John, your new acquisitions & the submerging sub look great to.
    Agree on both points!

    Well done John. Make my stracth to fly WW2 get more itchy.

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    Fantastic display and great action.
    Rep dive launched.

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    Very nice game and the pictures are great.

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    Great story telling as always John. Nice to see a WWII action for a change - short sharp action and very entertaining. Thanks for sharing

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    Thanks for the Rep and comments, even if I couldn't hit the target.
    Cheers

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    Really nice AAR, clever photos as well.

    Never Knowingly Undergunned !!

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    Nice AAR and editing.



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